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Friday, March 09, 2018

Obiano Charges Students, Ndigbo To Uphold Cultural Heritage

Governor Willie Obiano has called on students and Ndigbo in general to uphold the rich Igbo culture to save it from going into extinction.

The call was made during the 2018 cultural carnival organized by Igwebuike Grammar school, Awka.

Correspondent, Ogochukwu Okeke, who covered the event for the ABS, reports that dignitaries from all walks of life, including royal Fathers, educationists, friends and well wishers trooped out in their numbers to watch the students showcase the Igbo rich cultural heritage.

Culture, they say is the people’s way of life, encompassing their language, religion, food, social habits, music and arts.

The carnival, which kickstarted with a road walk saw teachers and students of the school, dressed in Igbo native attire as well as masquerades display various dance steps amidst cheers and jubilation.

Addressing the event, Governor Obiano, represented by an Acting Director in the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Nkiru Meludu, expressed delight for their unrelenting efforts towards preserving indigenous knowledge, urging them to maintain the tempo.

In their separate speeches, the traditional ruler of Nibo, Igwe Micheal Ngene and his Ezinato counterpart, Igwe Timothy Ezenwaka urged Ndigbo to protect Igbo artifacts and take pride in speaking Igbo language both at home and in school.

On their parts, the Chairman of Post Primary School Services Commission, PPSSC, Lady Joy Ulasi and the state APGA Chairman Sir Norbert Obi, represented, called for all hands to be on deck to save Igbo culture, even as they urged the teachers to play their role of inculcating good morals in students.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Principal of Igwebuike Grammar School, Awka, Dr. Raphael Anaekeokwu highlighted the importance of culture in Igbo land and commended Governor Obiano for his tireless efforts in piloting the affairs of the state, appealing for state government’s support towards rebuilding the school’s dilapidated hostel, classrooms and fences as well as deploying more competent teachers that would handle physics and mathematics.

Some of the students, Chidera Pascal and Chukwualuka Chukwuebuka promised to uphold the rich cultural heritage to save it from going into extinction.

Highlights of the ceremony were breaking of kola nut, wrestling competition and cultural dance displays, among others.

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